On the heels of making telepresence systems both affordable and accessible, Cisco is implementing improvements on their own existing version of collaboration cost mitigation. Typically, the cost for a single Telepresence conference room can reach upwards of $300,000, in addition to the costs of supporting infrastructure, staffing support, and maintenance costs. The recently announced Cisco Telepresence Exchange System, is a combination of technology and Cisco-certified architecture that allows service providers and telecom carriers to develop hosted TelePresence infrastructures to be delivered as a service.
“Customers now have more choice in how they consume visual collaboration with Cisco TelePresence-as-a-Service (TPaaS). Cisco TPaaS places the Cisco TelePresence infrastructure in the cloud, powered by Cisco’s best-in-class architecture and network and managed by trusted Cisco certified partners. With this as-a-Service offering, there are even more flexible options for the deployment of telepresence and the acceleration of business impact through video,” wrote Mark Bissell, senior director of product marketing in Cisco’s TelePresence as a Service product group.
TelePresence as a Service (TPaaS) has several advantages, in that it removes the high expense of enterprise-class video conferencing deployments and their associated support and maintenance costs. It also creates bridges between endpoints of varying quality, meaning that a TelePresence room can link to a mobile device or PC with low-quality cameras and connections (this is something Cisco has offered for some time through crossover technology with WebEx). And it rolls up TelePresence expenses with carrier connectivity costs.
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